Contact: Steve Robinson, Hope Walks, 717-574-0693
For Immediate Release:
Dillsburg, PA (January 7, 2021) – Jaisankar (Jai) Sarma, Ph.D., recently joined Hope Walks, an international nonprofit, as its vice president of programs. In his role, he provides program strategy for the organization’s clubfoot programs in 16 countries in Latin America and Africa.
Hope Walks is a Christian nonprofit that provides clubfoot treatment to children using the gold-standard Ponseti method. Clubfoot is a treatable birth defect that twists the feet inward and downward. Left untreated, clubfoot makes it difficult or impossible to walk. The Ponseti method is a minimally-invasive procedure using casts and braces to slowly correct the feet in young children.
Sarma will work to ensure quality clubfoot care through evidence-based models and support regional leadership and national program managers. In addition, he will ensure Hope Walks’ Spiritual Ministry Model is appropriately implemented.
He has experience as a project manager at the grassroots level, country director, leading global field operations, and serving in other senior leadership positions at World Vision International.
Having lived and worked in four field-based positions and visited programs in more than 50 countries, Sarma brings deep experience in field programming and program delivery. He has a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Middlesex University in London and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, UK.
He and his wife, Saro, have two adult children who live on the East Coast.
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About Hope Walks: What began in 2006 as CURE Clubfoot Worldwide has grown into Hope Walks—and we plan to keep going (and keep growing) until all children have access to quality care for clubfoot. We partner with 136 clinics in 16 countries in Latin America and Africa. We pair quality clubfoot treatment with compassionate care from counselors (called parent advisors), all while empowering local healthcare workers and educating parents and caregivers. Hope Walks is a 501 (c) (3) public charity with a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, Certified Transparent by Excellence in Giving, 2020 Top-Rated award from GreatNonprofits, and accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.